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Airbus Defense and Space adds military leases to its Inmarsat Global Xpress ® strategic agreement — Press Release

13 March 2014

Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT.L), the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, has signed a further agreement with Airbus Defense and Space, appointing the international defence systems integrator as a Value Added Reseller (VAR) for Global Xpress (GX) military lease services, serving the Government market in Europe.

The announcement builds upon the strategic GX distribution partnership agreement concluded between the two companies
in December 2013. This new government agreement sets out leasing capacity on military Ka-band spot beams, in addition to subscription services already covered by the original agreement.

Andy Start, President, Inmarsat Global Government, said : “Adding military lease services to Airbus Defense and Space’s GX Value Added Reseller appointment was a natural progression. It positions Inmarsat’s unique global military Ka-band capability ideally to enable Airbus Defense and Space to augment MILSATCOM and support the concentrated, very high bandwidth operational needs of defence forces, for example airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance.” Evert Dudok, Head of Communications, Intelligence & Security at Airbus Defense and Space, said: “As the number one military satcom operator in the world, having GX military and commercial Ka band as part of our new Aurora Global offering is a huge asset. This extension
of our GX strategic agreement with Inmarsat further strengthens a long-standing partnership harnessing Inmarsat’s next generation satellites.”

Global Xpress is the first globally available Ka-band broadband satellite network providing very high bandwidth services to a range of land, maritime and aero terminals, delivered through a resilient, secure waveform which is optimised for mobility. Integrated seamlessly with Inmarsat’s current L-band network, Global Xpress will ensure reliable communications in support of mission critical operations in the most challenging environments.

The first of three Global Xpress satellites is set to enter commercial service by mid-year 2014 with the full constellation
scheduled for deployment by the close of the year.

About Inmarsat

Inmarsat plc is the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services. Since 1979, Inmarsat has been providing reliable voice and high-speed data communications to governments, enterprises and other organizations, with a range of services that can be used on land, at sea or in the air. Inmarsat employs around 1,600 staff in more than 60 locations
around the world, with a presence in the major ports and centres of commerce on every continent. Inmarsat is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE:ISAT.L). For more information, please visit www.inmarsat.com.

About Airbus Defence & Space

Airbus Defense and Space is a division of Airbus Group formed by combining the business activities of Cassidian, Astrium and Airbus Military. The new division is Europe’s number one defense and space enterprise, the second largest space business worldwide and among the top ten global defense enterprises. It employs some 40,000 employees generating revenues of approximately €14 billion per year.

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Northrop Grumman’s Astro Aerospace Delivers Antennas For Next-Generation GPS III Satellites 3 through 6 — Press Release

CARPINTERIA, Calif., March 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Continuing its support for the U.S. Air Force’s Global Positioning System (GPS), Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has delivered 32 self-deploying, monopole JIB antennas for the third, fourth, fifth and sixth GPS III satellites.

The company’s Astro Aerospace strategic business unit delivered the antennas to Lockheed Martin, which leads the industry team developing GPS III satellites in Littleton, Colo. Once installed, eight JIB antennas on each GPS III satellite will deploy to form an RF antenna array.

This is the delivery of the first 32 antennas supporting the third through sixth GPS III space vehicles out of 48 total antennas on order for GPS III space vehicles three through eight. Sixteen more JIB antennas will be delivered in early 2014, according to Dan Johansen, Astro Aerospace Program Manager.

“Astro Aerospace has delivered more than 1,000 JIB assemblies altogether for GPS IIF, GPS IIR and GPS III spacecraft, all with a 100 percent on orbit success rate,” said Johansen. “The antennas we supply are designed to help Lockheed Martin and the Air Force meet affordability and mission assurance goals for the next generation of GPS satellites.”

The GPS III program will affordably replace aging GPS satellites, while improving capability to meet the evolving demands of military, commercial and civilian users. GPS III satellites will deliver three times better accuracy; provide up to eight times improved anti-jamming capabilities; and include enhancements which extend spacecraft life 25 percent further than the prior GPS block. The GPS III also will carry a new civil signal designed to be interoperable with other international global navigation satellite systems, enhancing civilian user connectivity.

The JIB antenna is a stored energy monopole that deploys typically in 200 milliseconds. The stowed package is one of the smallest available and most compact for a deployable antenna of a given size. The unit is adaptable and comes in diameters from 0.25″ up to 2″ for impedance matching and in lengths from 12 inches to 25 feet.

Astro Aerospace, a pioneer of space deployable structure technologies, has a perfect record of on-orbit deployments since it was founded in 1958. Having delivered hardware for hundreds of spaceflight missions, it operates under the Aerospace Products group that offers a broad set of mature, proven and affordable products and services. For additional information about Astro Aerospace please visit www.northropgrumman.com/AerospaceProducts

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.

SOURCE Northrop Grumman Corporation

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Congressman Garamendi Helps Position Beale Air Force Base to Get KC-135 — Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, CA), a Member of the House Armed Services Committee, is pleased to highlight that the Department of Defense’s FY 15 budget proposes that eight KC-135 air refueling tanker would be moved to Beale Air Force Base, which is located near Marysville, California. Congressman Garamendi’s office has vigorously supported Beale’s personnel and its military assets, which both play a key role in our national security and in supporting the local economy.

“In a period of budgetary uncertainty and change, the Airmen at Beale Air Force Base remain a rock of professionalism and focus as they carry out the vital mission of Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance,” said Congressman Garamendi. “Bringing KC-135 tankers back to the base would help the Air Force utilize the remarkable talents of Beale’s personnel while expanding the core missions of the base. This would be especially important for reservists, whom I met recently and who have made a long term commitment to living in the area. During this period of transition, I will continue use my position on the Armed Services Committee to forcefully advocate for the Beale community.”

Locating the KC-135, an AF Reserve and Air Mobility Command asset, at Beale would strengthen its connection with Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield. Both bases are in the 3rd Congressional District, which Garamendi represents.

Congressman Garamendi:

·         Prevented the Air Force from mistakenly deactivating Beale’s 13th Reconnaissance Squadron;

·         Is leading the return the KC-135 mission back to Beale Reserve Units, as proposed in the President’s budget;

·         Wrote measures into law to prevent the Global Hawk from being mothballed;

·         Is supporting military commissaries by fighting against Department of Defense plans to shut them down or scale back subsidies for this essential benefit for military families.

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Fairview Microwave Introduces New Low Loss LL335i and LL142 Cable Assemblies — Press Release

LOW-LOSS-TEST-CABLE-18-GHZNew 18 GHz Low Loss Cable Assemblies Released by Fairview Microwave

March 12, 2014 – Allen, TX – Fairview Microwave, Inc. a preeminent supplier of on-demand microwave and RF products, introduces a new line of low loss test cables using LL335i and LL142 coax. Rated to 18 GHz, these new low loss cable assemblies are ideal for test environments where a rugged, phase stable cable assembly is required.

Fairview Microwave’s new LL335i and LL142 cables allow for higher power transmission because the resulting higher temperatures do not have a negative effect on the cable due to the thermal stability of the PTFE tape dielectric. Where phase stability requirements are critical, Fairview’s new low loss cables allow for a 75% lower phase shift due to the precise construction of these cables. This cable configuration offers attenuation levels 20 to 35% lower than comparable mil-spec cables.

Fairview’s new RF cable assemblies come equipped with a choice of stainless steel TNC, SMA and N-Type connectors and a heavy duty booting to improve strain relief. These low loss test cables from Fairview are made with LL335i or LL142 coax, which operate at higher power with better phase stability from traditional cables with solid dielectrics. A double shielded flexible coax provides shielding greater than 95 dB and VSWR of less than 1.35:1.

“Our new low loss cable assemblies, built with LL335i and LL142 coax, are a valuable addition to our ever-expanding line of high performance RF test cables”, says Greg Arnold, Technical Sales Manager at Fairview Microwave.  “These low loss, phase stable, double shielded cables offer engineers and technicians improved performance over standard RG-type cables in a rugged design, ideal for heavy-use test environments where repeatability and stability are paramount.”

Fairview’s new low loss cables are in-stock and available to ship today. You can view the complete offering of these coaxial cables from Fairview Microwave by visiting http://www.fairviewmicrowave.com/rf-products/low-loss-ll335i-and-ll142-cable-assemblies-to-18-ghz.html.

About Fairview Microwave

A leading supplier of on-demand RF and microwave products since 1992, Fairview Microwave offers immediate delivery of RF components including attenuators, adapters, coaxial cable assemblies, connectors, terminations and much more. All products are shipped same-day from the company’s ISO 9001:2008 certified production facilities in Allen, Texas.

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NSC DELIVERS HI-TECH TURRET TRAINER — Press Release

DesertChameleonSPECIALIST software designed by NSC is helping to train Kuwait’s Ministry of Interior in the use of advanced defensive armament technology.
The UK-based simulation, training and consultancy expert is providing the security force with a virtual environment in which the crews of its Desert Chameleon armoured personnel carriers can familiarise themselves with aspects of the vehicles’ Remote Multi-purpose Turret System (RMTS)©.

Developed by ADWS Global Ltd, the RMTS© has been designed to deliver maximum protection to those responding to incidents or conducting surveillance or counter-insurgency operations. It does so through the integration of enhanced optical and thermal sensors and an advanced firing system.

Replicating the look and feel of the turret’s control consoles and harnessing commercial off-the-shelf technologies, NSC’s simulator allows for the safe and cost-effective training of the RMTS’s weapon system and accurate student assessment.
The innovative set-up’s ability to inject virtual scenarios into an authentic sensor display is key to its delivery of an immersive learning environment, according to Chris Williams.

“As a means of training individual gunnery skills, it is important that any solution provides a high level of detail and fidelity,” said NSC’s head of simulation.

“The simulation has to look and feel like the real thing; factors such as the behaviour of ballistics and slew of the turret have to be authentic to the platform it is modelled on.

“Our software delivers that level of immersion and is a step beyond more traditional tactical and procedural training.”

NSC’s support to Kuwait’s Ministry of Interior builds on an 18-year working relationship with the Gulf state.

Since 1996, the Surrey-based company has assisted Kuwait’s Armed Forces in developing its military leaders of the future through the provision of computer-assisted decision-making exercises at the Mubarak Al Abdullah Joint Command and Staff College.

ABOUT NSC
NSC is a world-class provider of cutting-edge simulation and analysis-driven training. Since its formation in 1991, the company has forged a reputation for developing and delivering innovative solutions for military and civilian customers around the globe. From operational-level education for senior commanders to individual and collective training for the most junior recruits, Camberley-based NSC’s software and training solutions are used worldwide.
www.nsc.co.uk

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JTRS Compliance awarded to AN/PRC-148B (MBITR2) Radio — Press Release

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SAN DIEGO – The Joint Tactical Networking Center (JTNC) announced today that the Thales AN/PRC-148B (MBITR2) Radio operating Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW) software version 1.01.1C has received Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) Compliance.

The JTNC Technical Assessments for Compliance and Certification (TACC) is part of an evolving process to ensure end-to-end joint service interoperability and security.  The TACC is comprised of JTNC Technical Assessments for Compliance (TAComp) and JTNC Technical Assessments for Certification (TACert).

As a JTRS Compliant product, the AN/PRC-148B (MBITR2) radio has successfully completed the JTNC TAComp, which serves as preliminary characterization of the system’s compatibility with the Department of Defense (DoD) network objectives.  The completion of the JTNC TAComp process helps prepare Program of Record (POR) and Non-Developmental Item (NDI) Software Defined Radios (SDRs) for participation in Service-level test events (e.g., Network Integration Evaluations or similar Joint or Service sponsored test events) executing the JTRS Waveforms.

The JTNC TACert serves as comprehensive characterization of the system’s capability with the DoD network objectives, and the completion of the JTNC TACert process indicates POR and NDI SDRs’ readiness to operate in a DoD or Service’s network architecture. SDRs awarded JTRS Compliance are expected to enter the JTNC TACert process within two years of receiving the JTRS Compliance award.

“The TACC process supports the NDI acquisition strategies of the DoD and the Services in building tactical networks that are interoperable and secure using radios running JTRS waveforms”, said Mark Compton, JTNC’s director. “It is open to vendors porting JTRS waveforms onto their products, directly supporting the Department’s Better Buying Power focus on promoting effective competition and incentivizing innovation.”

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ABOUT THE JTNC
As part of the Department of Defense, and under executive management of the Army’s Program Executive Office, Command, Control, Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T), the JTNC ensures interoperable, secure and affordable waveform and wireless communications in support of Service, Multi-Service and Coalition forces. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., the JTNC executes its mission by recommending standards, conducting compliance and certification assessments in accordance with DoD policies, and maintaining a DoD Waveform Information Repository (IR). For more information, visit www.jtnc.mil.

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L-3 Acquires Data Tactics Corporation

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NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--L-3 Communications (NYSE:LLL) announced effective today that it has acquired Data Tactics Corporation. The business, renamed L-3 Data Tactics, is a specialized provider of Big Data analytics and cloud computing solution services, primarily to the U.S. Department of Defense. Headquartered in McLean, Va., Data Tactics employs approximately 200 people, including more than 150 data scientists, engineers, architects and developers, most of whom possess U.S. government secu

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Polaris TerrainArmor Non-Pneumatic Tires Finalist for Tire Technology of the Year by Tire Technology International — Press Release

Minneapolis, February 20, 2014 – Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) today announced the company’s TerrainArmor™ Non-Pneumatic Tire (NPT) was a finalist for Tire Technology of the Year by Tire Technology International.

“Polaris would like to thank Tire Technology International for recognizing TerrainArmor tires as part of their short list for Technology of the Year,’” said Rich Haddad, general manager of Polaris Defense. “Polaris is the first manufacturer to bring NPT technology to the off-road consumer and defense markets, and we feel the technology will make a great impact on the future of our industry.”

In 2013, Polaris Defense started offering TerrainArmor tires as an option for its military vehicles. This breakthrough technology has proven to be beneficial with military, emergency response and disaster relief teams.

“One of our challenges is getting to the point of need where people are, and usually debris stops us from doing that,” said Kevin Smith of the Salvation Army. “Specifically in the Oklahoma City tornado disaster, the TerrainArmor tires allowed us to reach people who were not served for days.”

Beyond having no flats, TerrainArmor tires offer a better center-of-gravity, improved cornering due to less pushing and the capability for the tires to be designed for a diverse range of applications.

The Tire Technology International Awards for Innovation and Excellence were presented in Cologne, Germany, on February 11.

About Polaris
Polaris is a recognized leader in the powersports industry with annual 2013 sales of $3.8 billion.  Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets innovative, high quality off-road vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER® and RZR® side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles and on-road electric/hybrid powered vehicles.

Polaris is among the global sales leaders for both snowmobiles and off-road vehicles and has established a presence in the heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycle market with the Victory and Indian Motorcycle brands. Additionally, Polaris continues to invest in the global on-road small electric/hybrid powered vehicle industry with Global Electric Motorcars (GEM), Goupil Industrie SA, Aixam Mega S.A.S., and internally developed vehicles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Polaris Engineered parts, accessories and apparel and Klim branded apparel.

Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PII”, and the Company is included in the S&P Mid-Cap 400 stock price index.

Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicle accessories are available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime at www.polaris.com.

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Fairview Microwave Introduces Low PIM Mini-DIN 4.1/9.5 Adapters — Press Release

connectorsLow PIM Mini-DIN 4.1/9.5 Adapters for Wireless Applications Released by Fairview Microwave

February 17, 2014 – Allen, TX – Fairview Microwave, Inc. a preeminent supplier of on-demand microwave and RF components, introduces a complete line of mini-DIN 4.1/9.5 adapters intended for use in applications requiring low passive intermodulation (low PIM) performance such as cell sites or indoor/outdoor distributed antenna systems (DAS).

Mini-DIN adapters used in RF applications are similar in design to 7/16 DIN connectors, but have a more compact body and offer more precise electrical performance. Fairview Microwave’s new 4.1/9.5 mini-DIN adapters offer excellent VSWR performance of 1.25:1 up to 6 GHz. Third-order PIM is guaranteed to be less than -160 dBc using 2 tones at 20 Watts. These low PIM mini-DIN adapters are available in male and female combinations of between-series interfaces for each adapter type including 4.1/9.5 mini-DIN to 7/16 DIN and 4.1/9.5 mini-DIN to Type-N. Two non-low PIM versions are also available.

New 4.1/9.5 adapters from Fairview Microwave are constructed with tri-alloy plated brass bodies and silver plated Beryllium Copper (BeCu) center contacts, allowing low IMD and low attenuation. Additional applications of Fairview’s new lines of 4.1/9.5 adapters include portable sweep testing, telecom installations, wireless infrastructure, OEM in-rack RF routing, in-building systems, and land mobile radio communications.

“This new line of low PIM mini-DIN adapters is ideal for wireless applications requiring low return loss, low IMD, and repeatable electrical performance”, says Greg Arnold, Technical Sales Manager at Fairview Microwave. “The high quality construction and tri-alloy plating help reduce nonlinearities that can cause distortion in critical communications equipment.”

Fairview Microwave’s new mini-DIN 4.1/9.5 adapters are in-stock and available now. You can view these new products by visiting http://www.fairviewmicrowave.com/rf-products/low-pim-mini-din-4.19.5-adapters.html directly. For additional information, Fairview can be contacted at +1-972-649-6678.

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About Fairview Microwave

A leading supplier of on-demand RF and microwave products since 1992, Fairview Microwave offers immediate delivery of RF components including attenuators, adapters, coaxial cable assemblies, connectors, terminations and much more. All products are shipped same-day from the company’s ISO 9001:2008 certified production facilities in Allen, Texas.

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Inmarsat selects Northrop Grumman to provide spectrum monitoring for Global Xpress ® government users — Press Release

SINGAPORE
, Fla., Feb. 11 , 2014 – Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT.L), the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, announced today that it has selected Northrop Grumman Corporation to field its Spectrum Interference and Monitoring System
(SIMS) to government users of Inmarsat’s Global Xpress service.

SIMS will provide improved speed, flexibility, and performance in monitoring Global Xpress services. Northrop Grumman developed SIMS based on the globally-deployed monitoring system it previously developed for the Department of Defense (DoD) Wideband Global System (WGS) constellation. Through familiar user interfaces, customizable views and graphical reporting, SIMS provides Inmarsat value added resellers (VARs), network operators and government customers with unparalleled insight i
nto their networks’ operations. SIMS is the advanced tool needed for spectrum situational awareness, rapid
interference detection, and problem resolution, ensuring optimal availability, reliability and quality of service to Global Xpress users.

Inmarsat Global Xpress (GX) will be the first globally available high-speed, mobile commercial satellite wideband network. It will offer the unique combination of global coverage from a single operator, consistent performance everywhere, and the network reliability for which Inmarsat is renowned. GX is the first satellite fleet from Inmarsat that will access Ka-band frequencies and allow for even higher bandwidth communication, virtually anywhere in the world. The first satellite
(Inmarsat-5 F1) was successfully launched on December 8th, 2013 covering Europe, the Middle-East, Africa and Asia. Full
global coverage from the GX constellation of three Ka-band satellites is scheduled to be achieved by the end of 2014.

“We are excited to have Northrop Grumman as a mission partner in providing spectrum monitoring capabilities to our Government customers”, said Peter Hadinger, President, Inmarsat US Government Business Unit. “We have designed Global Xpress from the ground up to be a trusted network that complements the Wideband Global System and other MILSATCOM. We chose an advanced spectrum and interference monitoring system that is based on a common platform to the one used by the U.S. DoD to facilitate interoperability and support our commitment to assured access.”

“Northrop Grumman is proud to partner with Inmarsat on SIMS. This leveraging of defense technology and
operational flexibility represents a tangible and game-changing step in the collaboration between defense and commercial SATCOM that both enhances the value of Global Xpress services and sets a standard for future partnerships,” said Martin Amen,
director of satellite and network operations for Northrop Grumman’s Information Systems sector.

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Pasternack Launches Redesigned RF and Microwave Website — Press Release

New Pasternack Website Marries Powerful Search Capabilities with Sleek, Simplified Design

Irvine, CA – Pasternack Enterprises, Inc., an industry leading manufacturer and global supplier of RF and microwave products, recently launched its new website which boasts best-in-class site search functionality, one-page checkout and an updated user friendly interface.

The new 2014 Pasternack website is the first major redesign since the Company’s previous 2012 website overhaul. Most noticeable to the average user is the sites simplified, stripped down look and feel of the new homepage. Pasternack’s main objective with the new site was to provide engineers and buyers the easiest, most intuitive process for searching and finding any of the company’s +40,000 RF components and cable assemblies with as few clicks as possible. The left-hand navigation menu allows the user to drill down into their desired product categories with a single click. Once inside a particular product family, the parametric search parameters allow you to reduce the total number of products displayed in the results with each successive filter applied.

Additional notable features of the new Pasternack website include a new robust site search engine using the search bar on the top of the page. A one-page checkout screen was also developed to smooth out the checkout process, which previously involved numerous pages. Pasternack also instituted a “live chat” feature which allows site users to immediately reach the company’s sales and tech services departments to “chat” in real time about any questions concerning products, applications, pricing and availability.

“We’re really pleased with the recent enhancements to our website as we believe we have created the most searchable, user-friendly website in our industry,” says John Farley, Director of Marketing at Pasternack. “With over 40,000 products in-stock, it was our mission to develop a site that allowed users to easily locate, research and order any of those products in the most efficient way possible.”

The new Pasternack website is live now. You can view the new site by visiting http://www.pasternack.com directly. Pasternack can be contacted at +1-949-261-1920.

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About Pasternack

A leader in RF cable assemblies, adapters and connectors since 1972, Pasternack is an ISO 9001:2008 certified manufacturer and supplier that offers the industry’s largest selection of RF, microwave and millimeter wave products available for same-day shipping.

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Forensics Europe Expo 2014 offers unique opportunity for both buyers and providers across the forensics sector — Press Release

29-30 April, Olympia, London

Press Release – 04th February 2014

Taking place on the 29th and 30th April at Olympia, London, Forensics Europe Expo 2014 is set to be this year’s premier international forum dedicated to the entire forensics sector and its supply chain. Last year, the event introduced over 3000 buyers and specifiers to the latest forensic products, equipment and services as well as providing a definitive source of education and best practice together with unparalleled access to training and networking opportunities.

Organised by Clarion Events, Forensics Europe Expo will once again be co-located with Counter Terror Expo 2014, ensuring maximum marketing exposure before, during and after the event and creating an invaluable cross-flow of information. Supporting the exhibition, Forensics Europe will also feature a high level conference programme designed to attract hard-to-reach decision makers and thought leaders from both the public and private forensic arena, making the event an ideal platform for the launch of new products and cutting edge technologies.

President of The Forensic Science Society, Dr Ann Priston, commented: “As the largest professional body of forensic practitioners in the UK, it is fitting that we should be represented at Forensic Europe Expo which will not only offer valuable insights into the latest developments in forensic science but also provide an important networking opportunity for those working in areas where forensic science is having a real impact.

“Our role at this year’s event is particularly significant as we have just been granted a Royal Charter and we will be exhibiting under our new name, The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, and we have chosen to launch at the Expo because it is such a high profile industry event.

“The Workshop programme is certain to feature some fascinating insights into new areas where the expertise of scientists is driving standards in investigation and furthering knowledge. In particular, digital forensics is likely to be widely covered at this year’s exhibition. This is a fascinating and fast-moving field, involving the fight against cyber crime and other challenges that our virtual world is now presenting to law enforcers.”

Another key supporter of Forensics Europe Expo is The Forensic and Policing Services Association (FAPSA). Allan Scott, MD of The Evidence Partnership, one of the founding members of FAPSA, said:

“Clarion Events have been supportive of our aims of giving SMEs a voice in the forensic and policing market whilst also ensuring that quality is maintained. We’re confident that the event will enable us to explain our ethos and our full range of services to prospective members and show how smaller organisations can make a significant contribution in the criminal justice arena.”

Philip Hunter, Event Director, Clarion Defence & Security added: “Forensics Europe Expo has already established its place as the leading event for the entire forensics sector. With an exciting new programme of content, this year’s show promises to offer the best opportunities yet for important new collaborations and business relationships to be established.”

For more information or to book your stand, please contact a member of the Forensics Europe Expo team:
T: +44 (0) 20 7384 7797 or email [email protected]

Visitor registration is now open. Please register for your free exhibition only pass or conference delegate pass at www.forensicseuropeexpo.com/register

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PROCUREMENT: Blowing Smoke For the F-35

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LOCKHEED MARTIN POWERS ON SECOND GPS III SATELLITE IN PRODUCTION — Press Release

DENVER, Jan. 29, 2014 – The Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] team developing the U.S. Air Force’s next generation Global Positioning System (GPS) recently turned on power to the bus and network communications equipment payload of the program’s second satellite designated GPS III Space Vehicle 2 (SV-02).

The successful powering on of GPS III SV-02, on Dec. 19, 2013, at Lockheed Martin’s Denver-area GPS III Processing Facility (GPF), is a major production milestone which demonstrates the satellite’s mechanical integration, validates its interfaces, and leads the way for electrical and integrated hardware-software testing.

“The GPS III SV-02 bus power on is a significant milestone, positioning SV-02 in line with the Air Force’s first GPS III space vehicle, SV-01, in our GPF, where both satellites are progressing through sequential integration and test work stations specifically designed for efficient and affordable satellite production,” explained Mark Stewart, vice president for Lockheed Martin’s Navigation Systems mission area.

On Nov. 11, 2013, the propulsion core module for SV-02 was delivered to the GPF from Lockheed Martin’s Space & Technology Center, in Stennis, Miss., where the core was manufactured. The structural backbone of the satellite, the core contains the integrated propulsion subsystem that allows the GPS III to maneuver on orbit immediately after launch, as well as to conduct repositioning maneuvers throughout its mission life.

The GPS III program will affordably replace aging GPS satellites, while improving capability to meet the evolving demands of military, commercial and civilian users. GPS III satellites will deliver three times better accuracy; provide up to eight times improved anti-jamming capabilities; and include enhancements which extend spacecraft life 25 percent further than the prior GPS block. The GPS III also will carry a new civil signal designed to be interoperable with other international global navigation satellite systems, enhancing civilian user connectivity.

Lockheed Martin is currently under contract for production of the first six GPS III satellites (SV 01-06), the first four funded under the original contract and the fifth and sixth recent fully funded by an exercised Air Force option on Dec. 13, 2013. Lockheed Martin had previously received advanced procurement funding for long-lead components for the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth satellites (SV 05-08).

The first GPS III satellite (SV-01) was powered on in Feb. 28, 2013. GPS III SV-01’s spacecraft bus and antenna assemblies were delivered to Lockheed Martin’s GPF this summer. SV-01 is now in the integration and test flow leading to delivery “flight-ready” to the Air Force.

The GPS III team is led by the Global Positioning Systems Directorate at the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center. Lockheed Martin is the GPS III prime contractor with teammates Exelis, General Dynamics, Infinity Systems Engineering, Honeywell, ATK and other subcontractors. Air Force Space Command’s 2nd Space Operations Squadron (2SOPS), based at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., manages and operates the GPS constellation for both civil and military users.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 115,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2013 were $45.4 billion.

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U.S. Marine Corps Begins Testing Oshkosh Defense P-19R — Press Release

oshkosh p19rOshkosh exhibiting Marine Corps’ new firefighting vehicle this week at Marine West

OSHKOSH, Wis. (Jan. 29, 2014) — Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK), has delivered three Oshkosh P-19 Replacement Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicle prototypes to the U.S. Marine Corps to undergo testing. The Marine Corps selected the Oshkosh P-19R in May 2013 to serve as the Marines’ off-road firefighting vehicle of the future. Oshkosh will display the P-19R at Marine West, Jan. 29-30, at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif.

“We delivered three P-19R prototypes in December and will support them as they undergo rigorous government testing through this summer,” said John Bryant, senior vice president of Defense Programs for Oshkosh Defense. “The Oshkosh P-19R will replace the fleet of Oshkosh P-19A ARFF vehicles, which were first fielded with the Marine Corps in 1984 and are reaching the end of their service lives. With this vehicle, we’ve rolled into one platform our decades of experience producing military and ARFF vehicles to give Marines more advanced firefighting capabilities.”

The next-generation Oshkosh P-19R is based on the proven Oshkosh Logistics Vehicle System Replacement (LVSR) platform. It incorporates the latest tactical wheeled vehicle technologies to support fire emergency missions at military bases and expeditionary airfields.

The Oshkosh TAK-4® independent suspension system – today’s gold standard for heavy, medium and light tactical wheeled vehicles that are required to operate off-road – gives Marines greater all-terrain performance for off-runway emergencies. The Oshkosh Command Zone™ integrated diagnostics and automation system helps crews carry out firefighting missions with increased situational awareness.

Oshkosh Defense leveraged the expertise of the Oshkosh Airport Products Group, the industry-leading ARFF vehicle producer, to equip the Oshkosh P-19R with the advanced Striker® firefighting systems. The P-19R also meets the modern requirements of the NFPA 414 standard, which sets the design, performance and acceptance criteria for ARFF vehicles.

Oshkosh Defense leadership will be available to discuss the P-19R and the company’s broad portfolio of vehicles, technologies and services at Marine West at booth #8.

About Oshkosh Defense

Oshkosh Defense is a leading provider of tactical wheeled vehicles and life cycle sustainment services. For more than 90 years, Oshkosh has been mobilizing military and security forces around the globe by offering a full portfolio of heavy, medium, light and highly protected military vehicles to support our customers’ missions. In addition, Oshkosh offers advanced technologies and vehicle components such as TAK-4® independent suspension systems, TerraMax™ unmanned ground vehicle solutions, Command Zone™ integrated control and diagnostics system, and ProPulse® diesel electric and on-board vehicle power solutions, to provide our customers with a technical edge as they fulfill their missions. Every Oshkosh vehicle is backed by a team of defense industry experts and complete range of sustainment and training services to optimize fleet readiness and performance.

To learn more about Oshkosh Defense, please visit us at www.oshkoshdefense.com.

About Oshkosh Corporation

Oshkosh Corporation is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of specialty access equipment, commercial, fire & emergency and military vehicles and vehicle bodies. Oshkosh Corporation manufactures, distributes and services products under the brands of Oshkosh®, JLG®, Pierce®, McNeilus®, Jerr-Dan®, Frontline™, CON-E-CO®, London® and IMT®. Oshkosh products are valued worldwide in businesses where high quality, superior performance, rugged reliability and long-term value are paramount. For more information, please visit to www.oshkoshcorporation.com.

®, TM All brand names referred to in this news release are trademarks of Oshkosh Corporation or its subsidiary companies.

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Honeywell And The U.S. Army Team Up To Tackle Infrastructure Improvements At Largest U.S. Arsenal — Press Release

Rock Island Arsenal Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center to Receive Extensive Building Upgrades Expected to Provide $5.3 Million in Annual Savings

MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Honeywell (NYSE: HON) and the U.S. Army today announced a $61-million infrastructure modernization project at the Rock Island Arsenal Joint Manufacturing Technology Center (JMTC). The project will support critical infrastructure improvements at the industrial facility that will cut energy use by approximately 35 percent, and generate up to $5.3 million in annual energy and operational savings.

The Army launched the technology center upgrades through a 20-year energy savings performance contract with Honeywell that was awarded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Engineering and Support Center in Huntsville, Ala. Honeywell guarantees the improvements will generate the target savings, which should repay the investment used to fund the work. As a result, the project requires no capital or additional taxpayer dollars upfront.

“We have been providing the best products and services to our armed forces for more than 150 years,” said Col. David J. Luders, commander for RIA-JMTC. “This project lets us tackle our aging infrastructure head on — a difficult task in light of budget cutbacks — so we can operate as efficiently as possible and support mission readiness.”

The 1.5-million-square-foot JMTC manufactures a wide variety of metal parts and systems for the Department of Defense, and is part of the Rock Island Arsenal Garrison located in Rock Island, Ill., the largest government-owned and operated Arsenal in the U.S.

JMTC accounts for two-thirds of the Garrison’s overall energy consumption. So along with the immediate savings, the project will help the Garrison meet the requirements of a Presidential Executive Order that calls for federal facilities to reduce energy consumption 30 percent by 2015.

As part of the project, Honeywell will implement a variety of facility improvements,
which includes installing high-efficiency HVAC systems, such as on-premise natural-gas heating that will allow the facility to disconnect from the Garrison’s central coal-fired steam plant. Another major upgrade is new plating and paint systems for the technology center. Almost 90 percent
of the parts produced at the facility go through plating and paint, receiving the surface coatings necessary to build hardened, durable components for Army equipment.

“Why pay bills that are higher than necessary because of energy waste?” said Paul Orzeske, president of Honeywell Building Solutions. “By improving overall efficiency, we’re able to use part of the current utility spend to solve complex infrastructure challenges. JMTC is a cornerstone of the community, and its aggressive approach to energy management will help ensure its legacy of service and support to the military and country.”

The project will save nearly 5.5 million kilowatt-hours of electricity each year — enough energy to power almost 490 homes on average. In addition, the Honeywell work is expected to deliver environmental benefits. As a result of transitioning to natural-gas heating, for example, annual coal use at the central plant will drop by approximately 12,000 tons.

With one of the largest Environmental Protection Agency air permits in Illinois, this will significantly reduce the Garrison’s eco-footprint, cutting an estimated 63 million pounds of carbon dioxide each year, the equivalent of removing more 6,300 cars from the road.

Honeywell and the Army will begin the project this month and expect to complete the upgrades by the first half of 2017.

A global leader in energy-saving technology and services, Honeywell has completed more than 5,000 guaranteed savings projects in buildings across the globe, work that will trim energy and operational costs by more than $5 billion. This includes upgrades to 150 U.S. government facilities.

For more information, follow @HoneywellBuild on Twitter or visit Honeywell Building Solutions on the Web.

Honeywell (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; turbochargers; and performance materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell’s shares are traded on the New York, London, and Chicago Stock Exchanges. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywellnow.com.

This release contains certain statements that may be deemed “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, that address activities, events or developments that we or our management intends, expects, projects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. Such statements are based upon certain assumptions and assessments made by our management in light of their experience and their perception of historical trends, current economic and industry conditions, expected future developments and other factors they believe to be appropriate. The forward-looking statements included in this release are also subject to a number of material risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to economic, competitive, governmental, and technological factors affecting our operations, markets, products, services and prices. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, and actual results, developments and business decisions may differ from those envisaged by such forward-looking statements. We identify the principal risks and uncertainties that affect our performance in our Form 10-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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LDRA Selects FTD Infocom to Distribute Cutting-Edge Point Products Across India — Press Release

LDRA Selects FTD Infocom to Distribute Cutting-Edge Point Products Across India

Partnership delivers advantages of LDRA certification technologies alongside local expertise and support for developers
Bangalore, India, January 16, 2014. LDRA, the leader in standards compliance, automated software verification, source code analysis, and test tools, has named FTD Infocom Pvt. Ltd. as its official India distributor of the LDRA point tools LDRAunit, LDRArules, and LDRAcover. LDRA based its selection of FTD Infocom on the company’s comprehensive knowledge of these tools, its proven leadership in distributing other products for the development and testing of embedded software, and its expert sales, support, and application teams.

“Increasingly, embedded developers in India use certified systems to help mitigate risk and maintain software quality,” said Ian Hennell, Operations Director of LDRA. “But like their counterparts worldwide, these developers face challenges in implementing the stringent requirements for such systems into established software-development cycles. These challenges are more easily surmounted when developers have access to local experts familiar with best practices and qualified to guide implementation in the developers’ first language. We are pleased to have FTD Infocom extend the reach of the LDRA team.”

As a result of the partnership, the advantages of LDRA certification technology will become more easily available to India-based companies that develop embedded solutions for safety-, mission-, and security-critical applications. Such advantages include what renowned industry analyst Jack Ganssle called the “staggering” cost savings available through the auto-generation capabilities of point products like LDRAunit, a product whose announcement he hailed as one of the year’s “most important” milestones in embedded technologies.

“Developers targeting the safety-critical market in particular will benefit from our teamwork with LDRA,” said Prabhakar Srivatsan V, Chief Executive Officer of FTD Infocom. “Through the partnership, we will offer a powerful combination of world-class certification tools and local support, enabling developers to deliver solutions compliant with the most stringent of safety standards. For this reason alone, we are thrilled to have been selected as India’s official distributor of the LDRA point tools.”

LDRAunit, LDRArules, and LDRAcover are part of a family of certification technologies emerging from LDRA’s 40 years of experience in helping customers achieve certification readiness. These tools support certification objectives at all levels of design assurance:

LDRAunit supports automated test generation and management with sophisticated analysis that helps developers to eliminate manual scripting and minimize overall test effort. LDRAunit auto-generates test-case documentation, including pass/fail and regression analysis reports, and simplifies the viewing of statement coverage, branch coverage, and MC/DC-coverage results.

LDRArules offers standards-based rule checking that confirms adherence to company and industry coding standards. With the help of call graphs, flow graphs, and code review reports, the tool clearly demonstrates code quality, fault detection, and security vulnerabilities.

LDRAcover demonstrates application-testing completeness and provides test-planning documents that help developers achieve the desired level of coverage, ranging from procedure and function calls to safety-critical modified condition/decision coverage.

To learn more about the partnership between LDRA and FTD Infocom, please contact Neeraja Nair at +91 80 4080 8707 or [email protected]

About LDRA

For more than 40 years, LDRA has developed and driven the market for software that automates code analysis and software testing for safety-, mission-, security-, and business-critical markets. Working with clients to achieve early error identification and full compliance with industry standards, LDRA traces requirements through static and dynamic analysis to unit testing and verification for a wide variety of hardware and software platforms. Boasting a worldwide presence, LDRA is headquartered in the United Kingdom with subsidiaries in the United States and India coupled with an extensive distributor network. For more information on the LDRA tool suite, please visit: www.ldra.com.

About FTD Infocom

FTD Infocom Pvt. Ltd. is a pan-India distributor for a wide variety of embedded solutions products and technologies. They include IDEs, RTOS, UML-based development solutions, project estimation solutions, and reverse-engineering solutions. FTD Infocom also offers highly specialised testing and timing analysis products for the automotive and aerospace domains. FTD Automation, a sister concern, represents PCB solutions, digital IP cores, and control-automation engineering software. For more information on FTD Infocom, please visit www.ftdinfocom.com.

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Sea Giraffe Radar now AN/SPS-77(V)1 in U.S. — Press Release

EAST SYRACUSE, N.Y., Jan. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Saab Defense and Security USA (SDAS) announced today that Saab’s Sea Giraffe AMB Radar recently received its official designation from the U.S. Navy.  The Sea Giraffe AMB Radar system’s official U.S. Navy nomenclature is now the AN/SPS-77 (V)1.

Partnering with General Dynamics, Bath Iron Works and Austal, SDAS is responsible for integrating the AN/SPS-77 radar into the USS Independence and other ships of the U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Independence variant program.

The AN/SPS-77 is multi-role medium-range 3D surveillance radar system for naval applications. It provides medium range, simultaneous air and surface surveillance and can be employed in a weapon designation role. The SPS-77 is suitable for demanding naval environments from the littorals to blue-water operations.

The radar system is being adapted for U.S. operations by the Sensor Systems division of SDAS. The division, located in Syracuse, New York, is also responsible for the integration, installation, and testing of the AN/SPS 77 systems as well as for providing in-service sustainment and repair services.

Mr. Erik Smith, Vice President of Sensor Systems Division within SDAS, sees the new designation of the radar as a key milestone in Saab’s growing support of the U.S. Navy and the LCS program. “The AN/SPS 77 has proven to be the most capable and adaptable medium range multi-mission radar asset available to the LCS program and future U.S. maritime security platforms.  The radar system is able to efficiently incorporate new capabilities through Saab’s modular architecture and Rapid Technology Insertion process.”

“Receiving this U.S. Navy system designation means that Sea Giraffe is now formally acknowledged by the U.S. Navy as part of the U.S. Navy standard inventory. Saab is very proud to deliver this new and highly-advanced surveillance capability to the U.S. Navy,” said Smith.

To date, the AN/SPS 77 has been installed on LCS 2 (USS Independence), LCS 4 (USS Coronado), and LCS 6 (USS Jackson). Five additional AN/SPS-77 radar systems are in various stages of manufacturing and test to meet LCS construction schedules with four more systems under contract to complete the current deliveries under the LCS Block Buy contract.

Saab Defense and Security USA LLC delivers advanced military technology and systems to United States armed forces and other government agencies. Headquartered in Sterling Virginia, the company has business units and local employees in four states.

Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions ranging from military defence to civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents and constantly develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs.

 

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Alion Names Ron Crocker to Support GSA Communications and Strategic Management — Press Release

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Industry Veteran is Former Director of GSA IT Solutions for New England Area; Will Enhance Customer Relationships for Engineering & Technology Firm

 

McLean, VA – January 13, 2014 – Alion Science and Technology, a global engineering, technology and operational solutions company, announced that Ron Crocker has joined the company to enhance GSA communications and provide strategic management of several of Alion’s GSA indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract vehicles. In this role, Mr. Crocker will develop and strengthen Alion’s relationships with customers served by the company under contracts that include several GSA schedules and the $50B Alliant contract.

A former Director for GSA IT Solutions in the New England Area, Mr. Crocker has more than three decades of government service with organizations that include the Defense Logistics Agency and the US Air Force. He has also managed GSA IDIQ vehicles for several large industry providers to government.

“Ron’s experience on all sides of major acquisition programs gives him invaluable insight to the challenges and needs of our customers,” said Alex Heidt, Alion Senior Vice President and manager of the company’s Acquisition Programs Management Group. “He understands the details of our customers’ critical programs as well as the nuances of the contract vehicles. This allows him to craft and deliver comprehensive solutions to help agencies achieve their goals, in terms of effectiveness, time and budget.”

Mr. Crocker is located in Boston, MA.

About Alion Science and Technology

Alion Science and Technology delivers advanced engineering, IT and operational solutions to strengthen national security and drive business results. For customers in defense, civilian government and commercial industries, Alion’s engineered solutions support smarter decision-making and enhanced readiness in rapidly-changing environments. Alion brings expertise and experience to multiple business areas: Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering; Systems Analysis, Design and Engineering; and Modeling, Simulation, Training and Analysis. Building on over 75 years of innovation, Alion turns obstacles into opportunities to help customers achieve their missions. Alion employee-owners are located at offices, customer sites and laboratories worldwide. For more information, visit www.alionscience.com.

This press release contains information about management’s view of Alion’s future expectations, plans and prospects that constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by these forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of risk factors and uncertainties discussed in documents periodically filed by Alion with the SEC.  Due to such uncertainties and risks, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof.

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U.S. Navy Awards Lockheed Martin $84 Million Contract For Production Of paveway II Enhanced Laser Guided Training Rounds — Press Release

ARCHBALD, Pa., Jan. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) received an $84.5 million contract on Dec. 23 from the U.S. Navy to produce paveway II Enhanced Laser Guided Training Rounds (ELGTR).

Under the four-year indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract, Lockheed Martin will deliver ELGTRs, shipping containers, logistics and product support to the U.S. Navy.

“Lockheed Martin remains committed to providing U.S. Navy aircrews with the most innovative, advanced and cost-effective training solutions,” said Joe Serra, precision guided systems manager at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “We are nearing completion of multi-carriage ELGTR development, which will further increase training efficiency, proficiency and flexibility.”

This contract extends delivery of ELGTRs to the U.S. Navy through 2018. Lockheed Martin has produced advanced training solutions for the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and international customers since Laser Guided Training Round production began in 1992, and has delivered more than 130,000 training rounds to date.

ELGTR emulates cockpit indications, release and terminal characteristics of the paveway II laser guided weapon systems to provide affordable, high-performance aircrew training without depleting paveway II laser guided bomb (LGB) tactical inventory. Recognized worldwide as the only live-fire training solution for warfighters, the ELGTR is compatible with F/A-18, AV-8B, F-16 and various international aircraft.

In addition to paveway II ELGTR, Lockheed Martin’s 350,000-square-foot production facility in Archbald, Pa., designs and manufactures combat-proven paveway II Plus LGB kits. Lockheed Martin has delivered more than 70,000 LGB kits and 7,000 Dual Mode LGB kits to the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and international customers.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 116,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products, and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2012 were $47.2 billion.

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Oshkosh Defense Canada Delivers MSVS SMP Bid with Next-Generation Capabilities for Canadian Armed Forces — Press Release

image004Industry team members and a growing network of more than 700 Canadian suppliers set to return exceptional value to the Canadian economy

OTTAWA, Ontario (Jan. 8, 2014) — The Canadian Government is taking important steps in modernizing its logistics vehicle fleet by advancing the Standard Military Pattern (SMP) component of the Medium Support Vehicle System (MSVS) project. Oshkosh Defense Canada, Inc., a subsidiary of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), responded to the Government of Canada’s MSVS SMP Request for Proposal (RFP), offering a high performance, low risk solution to meet the Canadian Department of National Defence’s (DND) mission requirements and protect Canadian Soldiers for decades to come.

“Working closely with our Canadian industry partners and a growing network of Canadian suppliers, our Oshkosh MSVS SMP offering provides superior vehicle performance, sustainment across six continents, and ultimately, the best overall value for Canada,” said John Urias, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president of Oshkosh Defense. “The Oshkosh MSVS SMP family of vehicles is the next generation of the world’s most trusted, battle-proven military platform in the field today. We are proud to present the Government of Canada with our MSVS SMP bid that meets or exceeds all project requirements, and most importantly, provides Canadian Soldiers with the modern logistics vehicles they need to perform their missions.”

The Best Value for Canada

Oshkosh, in collaboration with its Canadian team members and suppliers, will return 100 percent or more of the MSVS SMP contract value to the Canadian economy. Oshkosh’s strategic team members for the project include DEW Engineering and Development, General Dynamics Land Systems – Canada, and Link Suspensions of Canada – Raydan Division.

“Our MSVS SMP team aligns core Oshkosh design, production and sustainment strengths with Canada’s finest technology, manufacturing and services capabilities,” said John Lazar, senior director of Global Strategic Initiatives for Oshkosh Defense. “We are committed to supporting MSVS SMP and future Canadian vehicle modernization programs by working with companies across Canada and creating new economic value in the process.”

Exceptional Performance, Without the Risk

Oshkosh designed, extensively tested and built its MSVS SMP solution to bring the latest ground vehicle technologies to the Canadian Armed Forces. The Oshkosh MSVS SMP vehicles and trailers are built to serve a full range of logistics missions from disaster recovery at home to major conflicts abroad. Key vehicle subsystems, including a high-performance drive train, advanced suspension and braking systems, and a state-of-the-art armour protection system, allow the Oshkosh MSVS SMP to achieve a 70 percent off-road mission profile and a 98 percent mission reliability rate – both of which will enable Canada’s ground forces to more safely operate in a vast array of threat levels, climates and terrains.

The Oshkosh MSVS SMP builds upon decades of in-theatre experience around the globe and more than one billion real-world operational kilometres accumulated on the Oshkosh Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT) platform. The acclaimed HEMTT platform is a purpose-built military vehicle that has been chosen by the United States Department of Defense and more than 20 allies worldwide – consistently outperforming commercial vehicle derivatives in competitive scenarios.

Canada’s MSVS SMP RFP also includes five years of In-Service Support (ISS). With Canadian troops more frequently mobilized around the world for defence and humanitarian missions, complete life cycle sustainment is increasingly important to ensure mission readiness.

The Oshkosh team’s ISS offering leverages decades of performance based contracting and major repair/overhaul programs experience to minimize MSVS SMP life cycle costs while maximizing reliability and readiness rates. “Our ISS plan is based on a robust global supply chain and a mature logistics system that spans six continents,” added Lazar. “By applying our logistics supportability analysis methodology to manage fleet health, Oshkosh has helped reduced military vehicle fleet life cycle costs as much as 70 percent.”

About Oshkosh Defense

Oshkosh Defense is a leading provider of tactical wheeled vehicles and life cycle sustainment services.  For more than 90 years, Oshkosh has been mobilizing military and security forces around the globe by offering a full portfolio of heavy, medium, light and highly protected military vehicles to support our customers’ missions.  In addition, Oshkosh offers advanced technologies and vehicle components such as TAK-4® independent suspension systems, TerraMax unmanned ground vehicle solutions, Command Zone integrated control and diagnostics system, and ProPulse® diesel electric and on-board vehicle power solutions, to provide our customers with a technical edge as they fulfill their missions.  Every Oshkosh vehicle is backed by a team of defence industry experts and complete range of sustainment and training services to optimize fleet readiness and performance.

To learn more about Oshkosh Defense, please visit us at www.oshkoshdefense.com.

About Oshkosh Corporation

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TrackingPoint Announces New AR Series Rifles With “Lock And Launch” Technology At CES ShowStoppers 2014 — Press Release

Three new precision guided firearms allow the novice shooter to engage long range targets with semi-automatic rifle speed.

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — ShowStoppers @ CES, Wynn Hotel, Las Vegas TrackingPoint ™, creator of the world’s first Precision Guided Firearm (PGF) system, today announced the debut of the TrackingPoint 500 Series ARs for the modern sporting rifle market at ShowStoppers @ CES 2014 in Las Vegas. The three PGF rifles, offered in 7.62, .300 BLK and 5.56 calibers, incorporate the company’s ground breaking TTX (Tag Track Xact) technology, accurately locking onto and hitting moving targets at distances up to 500 yards.

With stabilized target selection, target tracking and guided firing the 500 Series semi-automatic AR products enable anyone to be an expert marksman out to the 500 yard effective range of the firearm, even from difficult firing positions, such as kneeling, standing or even lying beneath an automobile.

“TrackingPoint is excited to be able to expand and adapt its TTX technology for the AR semi-automatic market. For the first time, AR enthusiasts will be able to make fast and accurate shots on moving targets out to five football fields away,” said John Lupher, TrackingPoint CEO. “We expect not only strong demand for the 500 Series AR products, but also a growing demand for our technology across the industry.”

Introductory pricing of the 500 Series models begin at $9,995. Orders are currently being taken for TrackingPoint AR products, with delivery starting in October 2014.

ShowStoppers @ CES 2014 is being held Tuesday, January 7, from 6-10PM in the Lafite Ballroom of the Wynn Hotel. To learn more about TrackingPoint’s PGF technology, Download the PGF Whitepaper; additional information about the new TrackingPoint AR products can be found at www.tracking-point.com .

About TrackingPoint
TrackingPoint, based in Austin, Texas, created the first smart rifles known as precision guided firearms.  Smart rifles utilize jet fighter lock-and-launch technology enabling anyone to engage targets at extreme ranges.  Smart rifles dramatically enhance the hunting and shooting sports experience while delivering a powerful tactical advantage to military and law enforcement organizations. www.tracking-point.com

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Military.com Reviews the Top Military Stories of 2013 — Press Release

December 31, 2013 by · Comment
Filed under: Business Line, Events, Press Releases 

Sequestration, the Navy Yard shooting, and the first women to graduate the Marine infantry course make the list

MCLEAN, Va., Dec. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Military.com released their picks for the top Military stories of 2013 this week.

The collection features 20 stories that put the military and defense industry in the spotlight and includes bitter fights over new service medals, benefits for same sex partners and a high profile Army official being cleared of wrongdoing in a sex scandal.

“This was a significant year for defense stories that weren’t just for military audiences. Many of these stories grabbed the attention of civilian and military alike and some, like the Navy Yard shooting, were stories that led the news for days on end,” said Ward Carroll, Editor of Military.com

The full list includes the top 20 stories of 2013, but a peek at the top ten stories are below:

  1. Hagel Takes Helm at Pentagon after Bitter Fight
    In February, Chuck Hagel was sworn in as defense secretary – President Barack Obama’s third in just over four years – and said that one of his highest priorities will be ensuring fair treatment of troops, veterans and their families. Republicans had opposed their onetime colleague, casting him as unqualified for the job, hostile toward Israel and soft on Iran.
  2.  IG Clears Allen of Wrongdoing in Email Case
    Marine Gen. John Allen, the coalition commander in Afghanistan, was cleared of any wrongdoing following an investigation into his email correspondence with a Florida socialite connected to the sex scandal involving former CIA Chief David Petraeus. The IG found no professional misconduct by Allen in the voluminous email traffic he kept up over several years with Jill Kelley, a Tampa socialite.
  3.  Case Dismissed Against IG Convicted of Sex Assault
    The conviction and sentence of the 31st Air Wing former inspector general convicted in November of sexual assault was set aside by the Third Air Force commander in February, releasing the fighter pilot from jail and reinstating him into the Air Force. A military jury had sentenced Lt. Col. James Wilkerson to a year in jail, forfeiture of all pay, and dismissal from the service.
  4.  Obama Signs New Stolen Valor Act
    President Obama signed into law the latest version of the Stolen Valor Act in June, which makes it a federal crime for people to pass themselves off as war heroes by wearing medals they didn’t rightfully earn. The legislation passed both houses of Congress with overwhelming majorities.
  5. Rape Scandal at the Naval Academy
    A rape scandal involving a female midshipman and several members of the Navy football team led to issues of unlawful command influence in the military justice system – including that of commander-in-chief President Obama, who said he expected “consequences” for alleged inappropriate actions.
  6. Drone Service Medal Shot Down
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel repealed a medal created just two months earlier to recognize the achievements of drone pilots and cyber specialists, ordering that a separate “distinguishing device” be used instead. Veterans groups complained that the medal would unfairly be ranked above the Bronze Star with Combat “V” and the Purple Heart.
  7. DoD Offers Benefits to Same-Sex Partners
    The Department of Defense elected to extend the same benefits to same-sex married couples as it does to heterosexual married couples, from factoring in the spouse for housing allowance to burial at Arlington National Cemetery, the Pentagon announced in June.
  8. Bradley Manning Gets 35 Years in WikiLeaks Case
    Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, who was found guilty of passing classified intelligence to the website WikiLeaks, was sentenced to 35 years in prison and will be dishonorably discharged from the military. The 25-year-old soldier was sentenced in August at Fort Meade, Md. Manning admitted to leaking thousands of battlefield reports and diplomatic cables while serving as an intelligence analyst in Iraq.
  9. Navy Yard Shooting
    A Navy contractor named Aaron Alexis was identified as the lone gunman in a shooting spree that took the lives of 12 employees at the Navy Yard in Washington DC in September. Although no motive was established for the horrific crime, the investigation revealed that Alexis, shot dead by police on site, had undergone mental health treatment in the months before the shooting.
  10. Syria Weapons Deal Averts US Military Action
    A diplomatic breakthrough on securing and destroying Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile averted the threat of U.S. military action and might have swung momentum toward ending a horrific civil war.  Marathon negotiations between U.S. and Russian diplomats at a Geneva hotel produced a sweeping agreement that will require one of the most ambitious arms-control efforts in history.

About Military.com

Military.com is the nation’s largest military and veteran online news and membership organization serving active duty personnel, reservists, guard members, retirees, veterans, family members, defense workers and those considering military careers. Military.com enables Americans with military affinity to access their benefits, advance their careers, enjoy military discounts, and stay connected for life. Military.com is a business unit of Monster Worldwide Inc. More information is available at www.military.com.

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Congressman Garamendi Supports Military Retirement Restoration Act — Press Release

December 19, 2013 by · Comment
Filed under: Congress, Events, Federal Budget Process, Press Releases 

Legislation would undo military retiree benefit cuts included in the Bipartisan Budget Act

WALNUT GROVE, CA – Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, CA), a Member of the House Armed Services Committee, announced that he is an original cosponsor of the Military Retirement Restoration Act, legislation that would repeal cuts to military retiree cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) included in the Bipartisan Budget Act. This legislation will be fully paid for by closing tax loopholes for offshore corporations. Congressman Dan Maffei (D-Syracuse, NY) is introducing the bill in the House of Representatives. Companion legislation has been introduced in the Senate by U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA).

Congressman Garamendi said, “The bipartisan budget compromise was needed to support our economic recovery and to prevent harmful unfocused cuts to vital defense functions. However, the bill’s provision that cuts military pensions places an unjust burden on military servicemembers who have already made enormous sacrifices for our country. It seems eminently fairer to end loopholes that allow corporations to avoid paying taxes. Simply put, I cosponsored the Military Retirement Restoration Act, so that we don’t balance our budget on the backs of the men and women who valiantly served us and earned their pension.”

“The Bipartisan Budget Act is an important step in the right direction that creates some certainty for our middle class families and businesses across Central New York, but it is not perfect,” said Congressman Maffei. “The cuts to military pension COLAs included in the Bipartisan Budget Act unfairly target our military families and could create serious hardship for some of our veterans. The bill I am going to introduce will fix this problem and ensure our military retirees get the benefits they have earned and deserve. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support this common sense legislation.”

The Military Retirement Restoration Act would replace the cuts to military retiree benefits included in the Bipartisan Budget Act by preventing companies from avoiding U.S. taxes by abusing overseas tax havens.  Specifically the bill:

  • Repeals the provision in the Bipartisan Budget Act (Section 403) that modifies the annual cost-of-living adjustment for working-age military retirees by making the adjustments equal to inflation minus one percent. This provision, which is scheduled to go into effect in December 2015, would result in a benefit cut for working-age military retirees. The Bipartisan Budget Act modifies the annual cost-of-living adjustment for working-age military retirees by making the adjustments equal to inflation minus one percent. At age 62, the retired pay would be adjusted as if the COLA had been the full CPI adjustment in all previous years, and the service members would receive the full COLA from then on. The provision would have saved approximately $6 billion over ten years.
  • Prevents companies from avoiding paying their fair share of U.S. taxes. The repeal would be fully offset by stopping companies incorporated offshore but managed and controlled in the United States from claiming foreign status and avoiding U.S. taxes on their foreign income. It would require these companies to be treated as U.S. domestic corporations for tax purposes. This provision is expected to raise over $6.6 billion over ten years.

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Frost & Sullivan: Military Helicopter Industry to Decline by Almost Half while Civil Market Flourishes — Press Release

While DoD budgets are slashed, civil helicopter purchases will grow to support a broader range of industries

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Dec. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — As Department of Defense (DoD) budgets tighten, military services will be forced to spend less on helicopters. The declining budget is also driving trends of upgrading and remanufacturing existing platforms rather than funding new helicopter programs. Conversely, the civil helicopter market has rebounded after the 2008-2009 recession that resulted in a lack of financing to support civil helicopter purchases. The improving U.S. economy has allowed for recapitalization of old aircraft as well as new purchases to support growing demand from industries such as emergency medical services, oil and gas.

Frost & Sullivan finds the DoD spent $12.41 billion on military helicopters in 2012 and estimates this to decrease to $6.70 billion in 2018. The U.S. civil helicopter purchases, on the other hand, generated about $0.89 billion in 2012, and this is estimated to increase to $1.07 by 2020.

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The need to replace equipment that is worn from years of constant deployment and harsh environments is the top driver in the military helicopter market, while recapitalizing a fleet with an average age of 24 years is what is driving the U.S. civil helicopter market.

“Due to constant use in combat, combat support operations, and humanitarian missions, many existing military airframes will reach their service lives between 2030 and 2040. Some Vietnam Era aircraft, like the CH-47 Chinook and the UH-1 Huey fleets, are nearly 50 years old,” said Frost & Sullivan Aerospace and Defense Senior Industry Analyst Michael Blades. “The civil fleet is not nearly as old as the military fleet, but a lack of used aircraft is driving the sales of new platforms.”

The most significant challenge the U.S. DoD helicopter market faces is future budget constraints and threat of a prolonged period of sequestration. Likewise, though the market is projected to grow, overall uncertainty in the U.S. economy is restraining the country’s civil helicopter market.

“Upgrades and remanufactured platforms will continue to dominate spending for the military helicopter market, and new programs will favor modifying commercial-off-the-shelf aircraft rather than developing aircraft from the ground up,” observed Blades. “In both the civil and military markets, end users will stress on total life cycle costs rather than acquisition costs.”

Therefore, helicopter manufacturers are focusing more on efficiency and ease of maintenance in order to reduce repair costs and logistical tails.

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